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Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
City of Bethel

The packets are in, and the Bethel City Clerk has finalized the list of candidates running for Bethel City Council. Two sitting members filed for re-election: Vice-Mayor Raymond "Thor" Williams and council member Fritz Charles. Former council member Mark Springer is also in the race this year, along with three new faces: Alyssa Gustafson-Leary, Haley Hanson, and Cece Franko.

Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
City of Bethel

Mayor Fred Watson called a special meeting Monday for a revote on the lighting projects at Pinky’s Park Boardwalk. Council unanimously approved the agreement with ONC. That will use Tribal Transportation funds to build part of the lighting. 

Vice-Mayor Raymond "Thor" Williams presided over the ethics board meeting two weeks ago. Council members Leif Albertson and Perry Barr also served on the board.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Over the past term, two sides have clearly formed in Bethel City Council. And after several rounds of ethics complaints that council members have filed against each other, the division has grown. KYUK’s Greg Kim sat down with two of the most vocal council members to talk about a dispute that surfaced at the last meeting.


Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
City of Bethel

The Bethel City Council couldn't agree on how to pay for lights in Pinky's Park in their last council meeting on Aug. 13, 2019. They voted against two different plans to fund the project.

Vice-Mayor Raymond "Thor" Williams presided over the ethics board meeting two weeks ago. Council members Leif Albertson and Perry Barr also served on the board.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Bethel City Council met for an ethics hearing regarding two complaints on Thursday, and made no findings. 

Discussion for the first complaint lasted three hours behind closed doors. When the public was let back in for the second complaint, Vice-Mayor Raymond "Thor" Williams surprised everyone.

City Planner Ted Meyer returns to his former role with the City of Bethel.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Bethel's new planning director is a familiar face. Ted Meyer will return to the position he left in 2017. He served from 2015 to 2017 before resigning, and Wednesday was his first day back.

Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
City of Bethel

The City of Bethel released its budget for Fiscal Year 2020, and there are a few things that stand out. The city has allocated $1.5 million for a new roof on city hall. Acting City Manager Bill Howell says that the issue is simple: “The roof is leaking and we need to repair it.”

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

On Thursday, Aug. 1, petitions to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy circulated throughout the state. This included Bethel, where volunteers camped out in front of the courthouse to catch drivers delayed by road construction. In the end, they collected a total of 256 votes. 


Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
City of Bethel

Bethel City Council introduced a measure on Tuesday, July 23 to put a local option question on the ballot to restrict alcohol sales to restaurants only. 

Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
City of Bethel

Bethel City Council passed stricter alcohol laws on Tuesday, July 23. After some amendments, the regulations received a unanimous vote.

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